Part of maintaining good oral hygiene is making sure to brush your teeth multiple times throughout the day. While most of us know to brush after eating, how soon is too soon? In order to answer that question, Dr. Austin Westover and Dr. Bryant Ash at Westover Family Dentistry will first explain the science behind tooth structure. Understanding this will help better explain why brushing right after eating is bad for your teeth.
The Science Behind Tooth Structure
The outermost area of the tooth is called enamel. It is the protective layer of each tooth and also the strongest structure in the body. Even stronger than any bone. Enamel is made of crystal rods that project outward and towards the mouth. These crystal rods have minerals like calcium and phosphates in them to help make teeth strong.
Everyone knows that garlic and onions are the usual culprits for bad breath. But do you know what other foods may be causing your stinky breath? Read on to find out what Dr. Austin Westover and Dr. Bryant Ash at Westover Family Dentistry has to say about some bad breath causing foods!
The acidity from tomatoes in pasta sauce can cause a buildup of acids in the mouth and foster the growth of bacteria. These pesky bacteria can result in bad breath.
Good oral hygiene is a crucial part of a person’s health. Thus, it is imperative that parents help teach their kids not only to brush their teeth twice a day but also how to do so effectively. Rather than making it a chore, try to make cleaning their teeth a fun and enjoyable experience. To help, Dr. Austin Westover and Dr. Bryant Ash at Westover Family Dentistry shares some tips for teaching kids how to properly clean their teeth.
It’s 11 pm and, while you should be in bed, you’re standing in front of the fridge trying to decide a snack of choice before calling it a night. You know this isn’t the best life choice for your waistline, but did you know that it’s also bad for your oral health. Continue reading to learn about how your favorite late-night snack could lead to tooth loss from Dr. Austin Westover and Dr. Bryant Ash at Westover Family Dentistry.Read More
Are you ready for the spine-tingling spookiness of Halloween? The costumes, the parties, and the haunted houses await. But lurking beneath the surface of this candy-coated holiday is a frightful menace – tooth decay! Yes, you heard it right, there’s nothing scarier than the thought of cavities creeping in like ghosts in the night.
The combination of poor oral hygiene and a candy overload can be scarier than any horror movie. But don’t fret; we’ve got your back. Join us as we uncover the secrets to keep tooth decay at bay this fall, brought to you by Dr. Austin Westover and Dr. Bryant Ash at Westover Family Dentistry.Read More
The headline of this blog post is pretty shocking, isn’t it? Many people are unaware of the link between asthma and tooth decay resulting from a dry mouth. Here is some more information from Dr. Austin Westover and Dr. Bryant Ash at Westover Family Dentistry.
You may be wondering what asthma has to do with cavities. When people aren’t easily able to draw in their breath, most people compensate by breathing through their mouths. This causes your mouth to dry out. Insufficient saliva leaves you more vulnerable to decay-causing bacteria because saliva helps to protect and clean your teeth. Moreover, asthma and allergy medications themselves can cause even more dryness on top of mouth breathing. In short, it’s not a good combination.